We know that the new iPad screen has a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, making it the most pixel-dense tablet screen available, but seeing the screen under a microscope really shows how tiny the pixels are compared to those used in the iPad 2′s screen.
UI designer Lukas Mathis has a digital microscope (a cheap one, he says) and the new iPad, so he decided to put up some screenshots of its screen, magnified 80x. He also has images of many other smartphone and tablet screens under the same magnification for comparison.
As you can see in the picture above, the difference between the pixels of the iPad 2 and the new iPad is quite staggering. In fact, the only other two devices from Mathis’s gallery which have smaller pixels than the new iPad are the iPhone 4S and Xperia Play, which has a 4-inch 854 × 480 pixel screen.
Other devices included in the roundup are Kindle Fire, Google Nexus One (its OLED screen is quite different from the others on this list) and Nintendo 3DS.
Seeing how the pixels rapidly shrink on new smartphones and tablets, one has to wonder when this trend will end. What do you think? How high a resolution do tablets and smartphones really need? Did Apple reach the limits, or will we see even tinier pixels on these devices in the future? Share your opinions in the comments.